Treatment will depend on your
child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on what type of headache
your child has and how severe it is.
The goal of treatment is to stop the headache from occurring. Treatment may include:
- Resting in a quiet, dark environment
- Taking medicines recommended by your child's healthcare provider
- Learning how to manage stress
- Staying away from foods and drinks that trigger headaches
- Getting enough sleep
- Not skipping meals
- Making changes to your child's
- Getting exercise
Migraine headaches may be treated with medicine, such as:
Abortive medicines. These prescription medicines act on
specific receptors in blood vessels in the head. They can stop a headache in
Rescue medicines. These are over-the-counter medicines
such as acetaminophen that stop a headache.
Preventive medicines. These prescription medicines are
taken daily to reduce severe migraine headaches.
In some cases, a headache may need medical attention right away. Your child may need to stay overnight in the hospital to be watched. He or she may need testing or surgery.
Talk with your child’s healthcare providers about the risks, benefits, and possible side effects of all treatments.